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potts joins us from washington with more on how the president plans to rescue the economy. tracie, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. today the president will deliver that speech in a state where one of his harshest critics is from, republican leader john boehner, and from a region that's been hit hard by unemployment. the president's expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy, individuals earning over $200,000 and couples over the $250,000. plus, he wants to spend $50 billion on transportation projects and create $200 billion in business tax breaks, allowing small businesses to write off capital investments next year, giving them more cash to hire new workers. >> we're talking investments in tomorrow that are creating hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs right now. >> all of it paid for by ending tax breaks for big companies. republicans say it's the wrong approach. >> i don't think the american people want any more stimulus spending coming out of washington. we need to get our arms around the out-of-control spending. >> it's a pro-business agen
constituents may be most frustrated by what congress did not get done. nbc's tracie potts has more for us from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, they got out without making a decision on the tax cuts. democrats want to extend them for the r for the middle class. republicans want to extend them for everyone. that decision now pushed back until after the election. in the house, 39 democrats side with republicans on that vote to adjourn without dealing with taxes. but there was a flurry of activity several items approved, including a 9/11 victims compensation fund that will be reopened and the government will also pay for health care for ground zero workers. that had been opposed, saying it was another big $7 billion entitlement program. a temporary spending bill was passed. the government's fiscal year ends today. temporary spending bill will allow the government to continue operate for another two months, and some major changes coming to nasa. the space shuttle program and the space station will continue, but the constellation program sending astronauts back to the moo
carolina's coast. as officials ordered mandatory evacuations for all visitors. >> they have asked us to leave. so we're going to have to cut our vacation short this year. >> to the north of new england, many were making that same decision. ferries filled with vacationers headed out or emergency vehicles headed onto vulnerable islands as last-minute preparations kicked into high gear. >> once it starts, you could sit here and watch and the boats are bouncing and breaking loose. you can't get at them. >> reporter: knowing that north carolina is just the storm's first stop. >> it's going to be a very close call for much of the east coast. >> reporter: and earl may be far from done with its destruction. as we get more light now officials say they are going to be going out doing damage assessments, also the coast guard going to be doing fly-overs. the coast guard has search and rescue choppers ready to go if needed. >> kristen, thanks. in a minute, much more on earl from meteorologist bill karins. >>> meanwhile an oil platform fire right off the louisiana coast sparked fears of another oi
are served with a wiretap order. right now those services using what's known as peer-to-peer software are difficult to intercept, because they're not routed through a central hub. according to the "times," the bill, which the obama administration plans to submit to congress next year, raises fresh questions about how to balance security needs with a question of privacy. >>> the bishop of a georgia mega church has broken his silence, speaking to his congregation for the first time since being accused of luring four young men into sexual relationships. in a fiery speech, eddie long vowed to fight the allegations and lawsuits, claiming that the church leader, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, gave the young men gifts and took them on trips in an attempt to seduce them. federal and state authorities say they won't investigate the allegations because all four men have said they were 17 or 18 when the relationships began. the state of georgia's age of sexual consent is 16 years old. >>> today nbc news is proud to kick off "education nation" here at 30 rock. it is a special week of prog
this country fall backwards because of rest of us didn't care enough to fight. >> reporter: in interviews he's even tougher. the president told "rolling stone" the democrats "sitting on their hands complaining are irresponsible." republicans and even some democrats say beating up the base may backfire. >> out there trying to terrify them, and put all of these scare tactics out there and hope that the fear will drive them to the polls. >> reporter: mr. obama's on a four-day swing to drum up support amid a faltering economy. >> i don't think there's one specific sector to put the blame on. >> reporter: nearly one therpd of american dos. in a new poll, the percentage who blame mr. obama for america's economic growth has almost doubled since january. consumed by the tea party, republicans say they've got momentum. >> not there on the democrat side as much as the republican side. >> reporter: expect more heated rhetoric as president obama rallies in iowa and virginia today. and if this president can't get it done with a tough love message, perhaps another president can. i in our nbc/"wall street
franzen is live for us at the united nations in new york. good morning, michelle. >> reporter: good morning, amara. he will have his work cut out for him. many of the same foreign policy issues that have been taken up here throughout the years still exist. certainly combat units in iraq left at the end of august. but nearly 50,000 u.s. troops remain in iraq mainly to train security forces. in afghanistan, troops have been increased in that region. and also insurgent attacks have also been increased. you mentioned peace in the middle east, earlier this month there were talks between israeli and palestinian leaders. so far though no more direct talks are scheduled. at the same time, the president is also having to deal with the domination of domestic issues here at home, jobs, also the mid-term elections that are coming up in november and the president certainly in his three-day trip here has also taken time to attend a major fund-raiser for the democrats. >> thank you for that report, michelle. >>> for many today, additional health benefits go in effect on this, the six-month anniver
states to sell his plan to fix the economy. tracie potts is in washington, d.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. you will see the president's events take on a distinct campaign-like feel. two goals swinging through several states. first of all, to energize young voters, and as you said, sell his economic recovery plan. it's a plan that now includes a new $30 billion fund for small businesses. he signed that into law yesterday. the idea is to provide them more money so these businesses can expand, and hopefully hire more workers and affect the low jobless rate in this country. this is a message he'll take to albuquerque, new mexico, today, as president obama continues with the white house called a series of backyard meetings with voters. something that worked in his campaign that he's hoping will work in this election as well. and then later tonight, a big rally at the university of wisconsin to draw those young voters. as we get closer to this election, more criticism from democrats, from the white house on republ
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